Redwood

COMMUNITIES IN THE TOWN OF ALEXANDRIA

REDWOOD: REDWOOD GLASS TIME LINE

Presented through the generosity of its author, Shirley Carpenter of Clayton and Butterfield Lake..

1831 -- Glass factory established in Redford, New York

1832 -- John Foster leaves Redford Glass Factory

1833 -- John Foster comes to Jamesville which he renames Redwood. Erects first glass factory in the summer of this year. On September 30 the first glass was made.

1834 -- John Foster dies. Future of Redwood glass uncertain.

1835 -- Factory run successfully by Schmauss & Co., Gerlach & Son, Ingleson, Forbes & Co., and H. S. White

1844 -- Redwood Glass Factory taken over by DeZeng & Co. from the Clyde Glass Factory

1853 -- Stock company made up mostly of residents of Redwood, calling themselves the Redwood Glass Manufacturing Co., with a capital of $12,000 operated the plant. This company employed about 30 men and produced about $40,000 worth of glass annually. The glass was sorted into qualities as follows, beginning with the best: Patent, 1st, Patent, Lake, Cylinder, Boston

1859 -- W. W. Butterfield assumes control of the Redwood Glass Factory

1863 -- Mr. Butterfield buys up all the stock and operates the factory alone for five years

1868 -- Factory burns to the ground and the ruins lie idle for 11 years

1875 -- Railroad is extended to Redwood

1880 -- W. W. Butterfield rebuilds the factory, but the market had shifted and the more efficient methods of manufacture found in other regions closed the door in Redwood's face.

1881 -- Last glass was blown in August of this year, slightly less than 50 years from the crude beginning made by John Foster

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For other articles on the history of glass making in Redwood, visit

REDWOOD: THE HISTORY OF REDWOOD GLASS

and

REDWOOD: DEPAU BACKED REDWOOD GLASS FACTORY


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